It's cutting them loose and having the pack run the rabbit until it gives up and goes in a hole or gets caught. And although the dogs usually don't catch it, they run like they want to. Just me and my pack of hounds, in any condition, on any day, in the roughest places I can find . . .

Monday, January 12, 2015

Does the First Have to be the Worst?

It seems like with my dogs, the first chase of the day is always the worst. They are cranked up and over-compete. They aren't as patient as they should be. I can't help but wonder though, why is the first chase always the worst chase?

Just once it would be nice if dogs started the day like they finish; if they would begin settled in and work as a pack. Some are always going to compete for the front, but after they settle in a little it usually isn't a problem. On the first race though, it seems like they have to start with a herky-jerky, checking race. Then each race gets a little better for the first hour until they are pounding.

The question of the day:

To have the energy to run for several hours and reach out hunting into the depths of cover in tough, hilly, clearcuts, do dogs have to start with a little extra fire?

Today I ran Butcher, Dennis, Chip, Tony, Village Girl, Silly, and Gypsy. It was 33° with a little rain, some freezing and some not, throughout the day.


  1. I would say yes it is for dogs to have the competitive fire to compete for there share in a intense pounding chase with tons of pack pressure and have the desire and grit to reach in there deep and get a jump a little extra juice is needed. I had an old coon hunter tell me one time you can always rein one in a little that's full of juice but you can't ever put more juice in one .
    Zach Moore

  2. Thanks for the comment. I think that is a great point. It seems to me like if a dog doesn't have enough get up and go, the only thing that helps at all is to run it and run it and run it but it sure is more fun running one with over the top desire.

  3. "but it sure is more fun running one with over the top desire"
    Until it's getting dark and that ##!!! is way back in there on posted land and won't come in!
    Good to see you posting again.

  4. Wellllllll, there is that. :)

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting!